Definition of criminalization in English:

criminalization

(also criminalisation)

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of turning an activity into a criminal offence by making it illegal.

    ‘the criminalization of gang membership’
    1. 1.1 The action of turning someone into a criminal by making their activities illegal.
      ‘the increasing criminalization of youths’

Pronunciation

criminalization

/krɪmɪn(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/